Syrets concentration camp
- Event Date
- Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Central State Film, Photo & Sound Archives
Camp near Babi Yar. VS, EXT, pan of mountainside. The location is Syrets Concentration Camp, located outside Kiev. Pan to prison fences and barbed wire. A sign on wooden fence post reads: "Warning! Prisoners who attempt to cross to freedom will be shot." VS, bodies, INT and EXT of camp, faces of prisoners behind barbed wire, trains.
[Natalya Vasylivna - a survivor of Syrets - speaks in Russian] "This is Syrets concentration camp. It's very close to our house. All men were put at the very edge of a ravine. A car came very close to the ravine. And they shot all of them before my eyes. They shot every single one..."
[Ukrainian narration] No matter how badly this documentary might be received, nevertheless it remains the only way to preserve the last live testimonies of those days that we must not forget.
SS soldiers chose Natalya Vasylivna from a "death group" for works in the concentration camp. She had to take care of a German shepherd dog, to bathe it. Every morning the camp commandant would take this dog to bloody executions.
[Vasylivna interrupts in Russian] "The blood would never dry up... [Abrupt] A starving girl...Mother..."
[Russian comment] The train is arriving at its final destination. The journey has come to an end. We have arrived.
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